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Martin Di Caro

Transportation Reporter

Di Caro has been WAMU's transportation reporter since February 2012. He covers local and regional issues challenging the residents of the heavily-congested, transit-friendly Washington metropolitan area. Martin often focuses on how transportation, land use, and public policy converge to shape the face of the region and the lives of its traffic-weary residents. Before coming to Washington, Di Caro worked at some of the most popular radio stations in the country's largest media markets. As a general assignment reporter at New Jersey 101.5 FM he won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best New Series after reporting on the severe illnesses suffered by 9/11 rescue and recovery workers. Di Caro also works for the Associated Press Radio Network in D.C. and New York.


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The D.C. Taxicab Commission has a message for drivers using the new ridesharing mobile app SideCar: they are breaking the law. The commission that regulates all vehicle-for-hire services in the District of Columbia once again finds itself at odds with a tech start-up.  After battling the sedan service Uber in 2012 before creating a sedan ...
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Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf is adding his voice to Republicans questioning the McDonnell's administration's plan to construct a major north-south highway in Northern Virginia, a bi-county parkway running west of Dulles International Airport and Manassas Battlefield that critics call an "outer beltway." Two weeks after a group of six conservative Republican state lawmakers ...
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The Commonwealth of Virginia is kicking off a distracted driving awareness campaign  called "Orange Cones, No Phones" today. The goal of the campaign is to get people to put down their cell phones during construction on the 95 Express Lanes this summer. More than half of I-95 drivers — 56 percent in all — reported using their phone behind the wheel, according to a sur...
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Virginia transportation officials are pressing ahead with plans for a major north-south highway connecting I-95 in Prince William to Rt. 7 in Loudoun County, even as VDOT figures show the far greater demand for lane capacity lies on east-west routes, with the exception of Rt. 28 where it intersects I-66. The Virginia Department of Transportation has released its traffic study ...
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If you spend any amount of time behind the wheel of a car, the results of a new study may not surprise you: nearly half of high school students admit to texting while driving. Despite all the warnings about how dangerous it is and all the efforts to convince teenagers to keep two hands on the wheel and drive, 44 percent of high schoolers 16 and older reported texting while dri...
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D.C.'s food truck scene is thriving, but some restaurant owners say the food truck's prosperity is coming at their expense. They say food trucks use public space essentially free and their long lines often crowd sidewalks. So D.C. regulators are proposing rules to limit food truck operating hours and create a lottery to dole out the most coveted parking spots in what will b...
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D.C. Circulator fares have been $1 since the bus service began eight years ago, but that could change next year. Under a budget proposal by Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), cash fares could double to $2 a ride, while SmarTrip rides would jump to $1.50. The increased revenue would pay for Cheh's plan to expand the Circulator buses to Glover Park, the National Cathedral, and...
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When the first part of the Silver Line Metrorail extension is scheduled to open at the end of the year, there will be five station stops in Fairfax County, but no parking. Plans are already in place to get commuters to those stations on buses. If you have to drive to the train station to commute to work, it may defeat the purpose of spending billions of dollars on a public tra...
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A survey of Metro employees finds that 85 percent feel free to to report a safety violation or concern — a key statistic as Metro works to improve their reporting system in the wake of the 2009 crash on the Red Line. The same survey, which will be presented to the Metro board tomorrow, found that while 53 percent of workers witnessed a "safety violation or concern" in the pa...
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On topographical maps stretching across a conference room the Purple Line weaved its way for 16 miles past neighborhoods and through business districts, with 21 stations between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George's County. The bird's eye view offered a vision of progress—modern transit ...
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Construction of a westbound bicycle track connecting Georgetown with downtown D.C. could begin in August, DDOT planners said Monday during a walking tour of the proposed M Street cycle track. A group of bicycling advocates, DDOT officials and D.C. Council members walked the 1.4 miles from Thomas Circle NW to 28th Street NW in Georgetown, the planned route of the final piece of...
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Undocumented immigrants living in the District would be allowed to obtain driver's licenses, under a proposal from Mayor Vincent Gray. In a briefing room packed with dozens of immigrant advocacy groups, the mayor said the licenses are about public safety. "We got people, some of whom probably are having to drive and doing it without the proper authorization," says ...
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Metro is obligated to operate the structurally flawed Silver Spring Transit Center when the facility is finally repaired and open for business, Montgomery County officials said during a hearing on Wednesday. In response to the transit authority's move to inform the county it will not accept the three-level bus and train hub "even if repaired to permit regular service" because ...
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The last time a streetcar ran in D.C. was 1962, but today city officials welcomed them back. Mayor Vincent Gray and officials from the D.C. Department of Transportation gathered this morning at a facility in Anacostia, where three of D.C.'s new streetcars are being delivered this week for testing ahead of a formal rollout on H Street NE later this year. Over the next two month...
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Montgomery County is responding to Metro's move to back out of the Silver Spring Transit Center when the structurally-flawed facility is finally repaired and ready to open. A letter from a top county official says Montgomery county continues to honor...
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Metro says that a passenger opening an emergency door exacerbated delays this morning after a mechanical problem disabled a train at the Shaw station. Alison Gary's commute from Greenbelt usually takes about 45 minutes. This morning, it was twice that long. The trouble started when her Green Line train stopped moving at the Shaw station. "They told us to standby. There...
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A group of six conservative Republican state lawmakers, flanked by dozens of local homeowners, announced their opposition on Monday to the McDonnell administration's plan to build a 45-mile, major north-south highway connecting I-95 in Prince William to Rt. 7 in Loudoun, arcing west of Dulles International airport and brushing the western edge of Manassas National Battlefield Park. ...
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A coalition of homeowners associations against the construction of a highway ramp in Northern Virginia is taking its fight to the highest levels of state government on Friday. Members of Concerned Residents of Landmark (CROL), which represents about a dozen homeowners' groups in the Alexandria area, will privately meet Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton to a...
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Plans for a major highway between I-95 in Prince William County and Rt. 7 in Loudoun County are taking shape.The Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment state has released a study to the influential, 17-member ...
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Another passenger bus company has been shut down by federal safety regulators. The Washington D.C Party Shuttle, also known as Onboard D.C. Tours, has been ordered to immediately cease all operations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The feds say the company's drivers and vehicles pose an imminent hazard to public safety. The Party Shuttle picks up it...